The BIG3 has a new commissioner, and it is former Trail Blazers legend Clyde Drexler. The 3-on-3 basketball league announced Drexler’s promotion after removing Roger Mason Jr. from commissioner duties earlier this week.
League Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube released the following statement regarding Drexler’s promotion on the BIG3’s website on Thursday:
“Clyde is a consummate professional, revered businessman, and indisputably one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball,” said league Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube. “We were thrilled to have his early support as a coach for our inaugural season, and couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to the executive team as BIG3 Commissioner.”
After signing a three-year deal to be the commissioner, Drexler will oversee the league through the 2020 season. He is familiar with the BIG3 after serving as a coach in the league’s first year. The 10-time NBA All-Star had this to say about his newest position:
“I wholeheartedly believe in what Ice Cube and Jeff have brought to life with the BIG3,’ said Drexler. “The level of play and the professionalism I witnessed last season far exceeded anything that many of us involved ever imagined. I am proud to assume the role of BIG3 Commissioner and look forward to working closely with Ice Cube and Jeff as we continue to build off of the momentum established in our first season.”
Along with Drexler, former Portland center Jermaine O’Neal was added to the BIG3’s Board of Directors.